The Asiwaju Musulumi Of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta, Dr Olatunde Badmus has warned that the number of Yoruba indigenes in the race for presidency may divide Southwest votes.
He stated this while speaking at his residence in Osogbo on Monday during Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
The business man warned that Yorubas should not be divided over the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said, “Yoruba race is an important race in Nigeria. But from just one race, you have about seven of our children come out and say they want to be president, whereas there is only one seat.
“Is that not a way to divide about 12 to 13 million votes that we have here in Yorubaland? We know ourselves. We know those who have contributed to our wellbeing.
“Only God knows who will be the next president but I will advise that we Yoruba should not divide our votes. It won’t pay us.”
Asiwaju stated that most of the aspirants believe they are capable of grabbing the APC ticket but only one person can emerge from the primaries.
He said: “Politicians have ego but by the time they go for their primaries, one person will emerge.
“The stage they are now, each of them believes he is going to win. And who among them will admit he can’t win?”
Among those to have declared their presidential ambition from the Southwest are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
While Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Pastor Tunde Bakare are said to be nursing presidential ambition.